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All-American Opening Night at Tanglewood Stars Renée Fleming [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Renee Fleming

The Boston Symphony Orchestra begins its 2014 Tanglewood season on Saturday (July 5), at 8:30 p.m. in the Shed, with an all-American Opening Night at Tanglewood program featuring superstar soprano Renée Fleming. The first half of the concert, led by conductor William Eddins in his BSO debut, begins with two brief works by Joseph Schwantner and Aaron Copland: the former’s Freeflight, a 1989 Boston Pops commission, and the latter’s Night Thoughts from Music for a Great City. Ms. Fleming then joins the orchestra for Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and the first half concludes with John Adams’s vivacious Short Ride in a Fast Machine. After intermission, Ms. Fleming joins conductor Rob Fisher (also in his BSO debut) and the orchestra for a selection of favorites from musical theater, including songs from South Pacific, The King and I, Porgy and Bess and The Sound of Music.

Ms. Fleming, who first performed with the BSO at Tanglewood on July 13, 1991, will also be featured from July 16-26 in Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Living on Love (written by Joe DiPietro and Garson Kanin) as a celebrated diva, along with actor Justin Long. In 2013 she released her album, Guilty Pleasures, which includes songs and arias in eight different languages and won her the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo. She also recently sang the National Anthem during the 2014 Super Bowl.


Composers and Programs for the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music July 17-21 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, June 6th, 2014
John Harbison, Michael Gandolfi in a photo by Sheppard Ferguson.

John Harbison, Michael Gandolfi in a photo by Sheppard Ferguson.

Harbison and Gandolfi focus on American composers, former Tanglewood Fellows

The 2014 Festival of Contemporary Music, under the direction of composers John Harbison and Michael Gandolfi, will highlight works by American composers as part of Tanglewood’s season-long focus on American music with a special emphasis on works by former/current Tanglewood Music Center Composition Fellows and works by women composers, including Hannah Lash, Kate Soper, Anna Weesner, British composer Charlotte Bray and Korean composer Seung-Ah Oh. This year’s festival will also feature music by some of today’s most respected American composers, represented either by very recent works or by very early pieces, including John Adams, Martin Boykan, Michael Gandolfi, John Harbison and Steven Mackey, as well as works by 20th century masters Jacob Druckman, George Perle and Roger Sessions.

A highlight of this year’s Festival of Contemporary Music is the world premiere of Welsh-born American composer Bernard Rands’ Folk Songs, a kind of autobiography of the composer’s musical life in England and Wales, Italy, Germany and the United States. This year’s festival also features the world premiere of Voices by the young German composer and 2012 TMC Fellow Benjamin Scheuer. These new works have been commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center.

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Radio, Radio: Live On Stage

Friday, May 9th, 2014

On The Radio

Radio has been making the leap from the airwaves to the stage in recent years, and folks who love to watch live radio – rather than just listen to it – have a wealth of options during the summer performance season. Here are a few live radio presentations that fans might want to check out:

SATURDAY (MAY 10), 7pm
“Hudson Air: Static Cling”
Hudson Opera House, Hudson
$15; $10 students
Original comedies by Andrew Joffe, Byron Nilsson, Lora Lee Ecobelli, Sandy McKnight and a radio adaptation of a Christopher Durang play. Directed by Andrew Joffe with live sound effects by foley artist Bob Hanley and music by renowned pianist Lincoln Mayorga.


More Tanglewood Concerts Announced for Summer 2014

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Josh Groban

Saturday, August 30; Josh Groban with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
conducted by Keith Lockhart

Of course, Tanglewood in Lenox plays host to some of the best classical music in the northeast each year when the Boston Symphony arrives for its annual summer residency. GO HERE to see the summer 2014 schedule of classical performances…

And the Lenox shed also presents a series of pop and rock shows each summer. As we announced yesterday, James Taylor returns for a two-night stand after taking last summer off. GO HERE for James Taylor info…

And here’s the schedule for a batch of other non-classical performances – from Josh Groban to Ellis & Delfeayo Marsalis, from “The Wizard of Oz” to Broadway and “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander:


James Taylor Returns to Tanglewood

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

After taking this past summer off, the Berkshires’ favorite musical son returns to Tanglewood in Lenox on at 8pm on Thursday & Friday, July 3 & 4.

Bringing his career Tanglewood appearance total to two dozen, James Taylor and his band will take the stage of the Koussevitzky Music Shed for a pair of concerts. The July 4th performance will be a benefit concert for Tanglewood, and a fireworks display will follow the performance.

Priced between $25-$99, tickets for both of James Taylor’s upcoming Tanglewood concerts will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Thursday, January 16.

LIVE: Goat Rodeo @ Tanglewood, 8/15/13

Monday, August 26th, 2013
Goat Rodeo (photo: Hilary Scott)

Goat Rodeo (photo: Hilary Scott)

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Hilary Scott

The answer to the question “Where’s My Bow?” is simple. It’s in your right hand. The question is a little tougher when it’s posed musically, as it was recently at Tanglewood.

“Where’s My Bow?,” in that context, is a composition handily assayed by the begoggling acoustic super-group, Goat Rodeo.

On a gorgeous summer night in Lenox, the quartet — Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan — followed the tune by crossing said bows like Musketeers, a taste of the humor that is evident in the crew’s recordings and performances alike.


Joshua Bell and Tchaikovsky Make Tanglewood Opening Night 2013 a Sparkling Affair [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

With high temperatures and humidity in the summer air in Lenox, the string section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra had to make lots of minor adjustments to their instruments to counter the summer airs that wafted over Tanglewood for the beginning of its 76th Season in Lenox, MA. The program was all Tchaikovsky, and it was the celebrated soloist Joshua Bell who held the capacity audience spellbound for the duration of the showy and difficult Violin Concerto. For Joshua Bell, it was his 25th consecutive summer in the Berkshires. You can hear and feel the spectacular finale in the video clip embedded above, courtesy of the BSO. The opening night concert was led by the distinguished conductor, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

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Tanglewood Copies Mass MoCA: To Screen “West Side Story” with BSO Playing Bernstein’s Score [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, June 17th, 2013
The screen in Tanglewood’s Music Shed rivals that of most movie theatres.

The screen in Tanglewood’s Music Shed rivals that of most movie theatres.

By Larry Murray

When it comes to the Berkshires, change comes slowly, and most of our rural sophisticates eschew outright one-upmanship but there seems to be a subtle, and wonderful, rivalry developing between the BSO’s Tanglewood and Mass MoCA.

Before Wilco became the highlight of the Mass MoCA summer, they played at Tanglewood’s shed, with the ushers getting all upset when some attendees started dancing in the aisles. Mass MoCA welcomed the energetic rockers to their campus, and it has morphed into the fabulously successful Solid Sound Festival. I estimate, with a near capacity audience of 9,000 or so, that it is a million dollar operation this year. Let ‘em dance anywhere they want!

Then there is Mass MoCA’s “Banglewood” festival each year when the Bang on a Can gang takes up residence at the museum to create dozens of new contemporary works while looking back at their greatest “hits” and offering an all-you-can-hear Musical Marathon. This year it takes place from July 15 to August 3. At Tanglewood, there has long been an important Contemporary Music Festival, this year August 8-12 and led by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, but it is older and some think too far off in twelve-tone belch-and-squawk land compared to the more rhythmic and melodic doin’s at Mass MoCA.

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